February is all about showing love to those you care about most, and for many of us, that includes our pets. They don’t need a holiday to prove they love us because they give us unconditional love all 365 days of the year.
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Trupanion asked pet owners about their Valentine’s Day plans, and found 40% of respondents would rather spend Valentine’s Day with their dog or cat than their significant other. As many as 45% of pet owners also plan to include their pets in their Valentine’s Day plans by buying them a gift this year. Among that group, a majority of pet owners plan to spend at least $25 on gifts for their pets.
Pets can’t keep their paws off Valentine’s Day
Our pets count on us to love and care for them in the best way possible, so it’s important to look out for them. Trupanion looked into its database of insured pets and found that cats and dogs are getting far more involved in Valentine’s Day than their owners might hope. Every year pets are responsible for ingesting Valentine’s gifts of chocolates, earrings, flowers, and even ladies underwear.
Chocolate is the biggest target of Valentine’s-related heists. Canines can’t resist the opportunity to snag some human food, but they don’t realize how toxic it can be. In February 2015, Trupanion received 56 chocolate ingestion and toxicity claims — that’s 2 per day! Dogs have accounted for 99% of chocolate ingestion claims since 2013.
In celebration of the holiday of love, Trupanion reveals data on the most common and quirky Valentines-related foreign body ingestion claims every pet owner should keep in mind this February 14th.
In North Carolina, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy with expensive tastes ate a pearl earring. Trupanion paid $1,077.66 for the x-ray, surgery, and follow up treatments.
A German Shepherd from Alberta went to the veterinarian after he jumped up to snag his owner’s roses and managed to eat the flowers and the vial that held them. Luckily for the shepherd, the stunt didn’t cause any serious health problems.
A pet owner in Washington was concerned her Pomapoo may have swallowed a pair of ladies underwear. An x-ray and exploratory surgery later, veterinarians extracted a medium-sized pair of undies. Trupanion paid $1,111.06.
An Old English Sheepdog in Ontario swallowed a pair of her owner’s earrings and was taken to the vet to avoid complications. Trupanion covered $1,350.72 for her x-ray and endoscopy.
A Labrador Retriever in British Columbia was rushed to the vet when she collapsed after eating two pounds of fudge and a couple milk chocolate lollipops. The high amount of sugar irritated a stomach ulcer in her gut and Trupanion covered $3,696.20 toward her diagnosis and treatments.
Whether your pet's treat of choice is chocolate, jewelry, or lingerie, make sure your their tail is covered this Valentine's Day. Click on the "get a quote" button to the left to learn more about our coverage plan.
*Images by Found Animals Foundation